Roland W. Steele, Jr., saved Lamont C. Stephens from being killed by a train, Morgan, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1964. Lamont, 2, wandered onto a railroad track on which a freight train was approaching at 40 m.p.h.. The engineer saw Lamont, between the rails and applied the emergency brakes when the locomotive was within 400 feet of him. Roland, 17, saw the situation and ran 50 feet down a steep hill to the track, where Lamont still was standing near the farther rail. The train, traveling at unreduced speed because the brakes had not yet taken effect, was within 50 feet of him. Without slowing, Roland dived across the track with both feet off the ground, grasping Lamont in his arm and holding him as they cleared the train’s path. They landed alongside the track and rolled down a bank. The train passed, stopping 1,000 feet beyond them.
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